Suspicious activity reported by residents

January 6, 2012

Men seek access to homes by claiming they work nearby

CenturyLink employees working in the Newcastle area were briefly pulled from the streets until they could go through the process to receive proper door-to-door sales permits after residents reported two men acting suspiciously in the areas of Southeast 75th and Southeast 76th streets and 120th and 121st avenues Southeast on Dec. 12.

Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a statement that residents reported two males approached Newcastle homes saying they were CenturyLink employees or contractors making contact about pipe work being done in the area and they needed to enter the homes. The males could not offer an explanation as to why they needed to be in the home, stood away from the house rather than at a conversational distance and did not carry any brochures, Irvine said.

Officers were unable to locate the males, and there were no door-to-door sales permits issued by the city at the time.

Residents reported their behavior as inconsistent with typical legitimate door-to-door salespeople.

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Suspicious activity reported by Newcastle residents

December 13, 2011

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Dec. 13, 2011

Suspicious activity was reported in the area of SE 75th and SE 76th streets and 120 and 121 avenues SE on Dec. 12, according to a Newcastle Police Department news release.

Residents reported two males approached Newcastle homes saying they were CenturyLink employees or contractors making contact about pipe work being done in the area.

Officers were unable to locate the males.

The city attempted to confirm with CenturyLink if they had employees working in the area, but were unable to do so at this time.

There are no door-to-door sales permits issued by the city at this time.

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